Sam Katzman


Producer

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
July 07, 1901
Died
August 04, 1973

Biography

An old-style Hollywood producer in the mid 20th century, Sam Katzman was a master of budget, helping to create and distribute a big portfolio of low-cost films that often made high returns for his employers. Born poor in New York City, he went to work at the age of 13 on local film sets. When Fox, his first company, let him go, Katzman became an independent producer while still in his ea...

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The Werewolf - Lobby Cards
Savage Mutiny - Movie Poster
Superman (1948) - Movie Posters

Biography

An old-style Hollywood producer in the mid 20th century, Sam Katzman was a master of budget, helping to create and distribute a big portfolio of low-cost films that often made high returns for his employers. Born poor in New York City, he went to work at the age of 13 on local film sets. When Fox, his first company, let him go, Katzman became an independent producer while still in his early 30s. Within several years, he had gained enough of a reputation to be lured by other studios. He worked for low-budget production houses Victory Pictures and Puritan Pictures, making numerous films on the cheap, such as the 1938 horse opera "Lightning Carson Rides Again." He then graduated to that era's King of Cheapies, Monogram Pictures, and had a long and mutually fruitful working relationship with them. It was during this time that he helped form the East Side Kids, a comedy troupe that cranked out a host of low-cost comedies in a long series. His effectiveness as a budget-scraper came at a price, however; he developed a strong reputation as a "schlock" producer, to the point where Columbia president Harry Cohn would break an actor's contract by presenting him with the script to a Katzman movie. Despite that, the producer had a long and successful career, and over 250 titles have his name in the credits.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Brothers of the West (1938)
Director
Orphan of the Pecos (1937)
Director
Lost Ranch (1937)
Director
Sky Racket (1937)
Director
Amateur Crook (1937)
Director
Obey the Law (1933)
Assistant Director
Deception (1932)
Assistant Director

Producer (Feature Film)

The Loners (1972)
Executive Producer
How to Succeed with Sex (1970)
Executive Producer
Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969)
Executive Producer
For Singles Only (1968)
Producer
A Time To Sing (1968)
Producer
The Young Runaways (1968)
Producer
Riot on Sunset Strip (1967)
Producer
The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)
Producer
Hot Rods to Hell (1967)
Producer
The Love-Ins (1967)
Producer
Hold On! (1966)
Producer
Harum Scarum (1965)
Producer
When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965)
Producer
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
Producer
Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)
Producer
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
Producer
Hootenanny Hoot (1963)
Producer
The Wild Westerners (1962)
Producer
Don't Knock the Twist (1962)
Producer
Pirates of Tortuga (1961)
Producer
Twist Around the Clock (1961)
Producer
The Enemy General (1960)
Producer
The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)
Producer
The Last Blitzkrieg (1959)
Producer
The Flying Fontaines (1959)
Producer
Juke Box Rhythm (1959)
Producer
Crash Landing (1958)
Producer
Life Begins at 17 (1958)
Producer
Going Steady (1958)
Producer
The World Was His Jury (1958)
Producer
The Giant Claw (1957)
Producer
The Tijuana Story (1957)
Producer
Calypso Heat Wave (1957)
Producer
Escape from San Quentin (1957)
Producer
The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)
Producer
The Night the World Exploded (1957)
Producer
Don't Knock the Rock (1957)
Producer
Utah Blaine (1957)
Producer
Zombies of Mora-Tau (1957)
Producer
Uranium Boom (1956)
Producer
The Werewolf (1956)
Producer
Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956)
Producer
Miami Expose (1956)
Producer
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Executive Producer
Inside Detroit (1956)
Executive Producer
Rock Around the Clock (1956)
Producer
Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956)
Producer
Rumble on the Docks (1956)
Producer
The Houston Story (1956)
Producer
Chicago Syndicate (1955)
Producer
The Crooked Web (1955)
Producer
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
Executive Producer
Pirates of Tripoli (1955)
Producer
Devil Goddess (1955)
Producer
Jungle Moon Men (1955)
Producer
Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)
Producer
New Orleans Uncensored (1955)
Producer
The Gun That Won the West (1955)
Producer
Seminole Uprising (1955)
Producer
Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955)
Producer
Duel on the Mississippi (1955)
Producer
Masterson of Kansas (1955)
Producer
Charge of the Lancers (1954)
Producer
Battle of Rogue River (1954)
Producer
Cannibal Attack (1954)
Producer
Jungle Man-Eaters (1954)
Producer
The Saracen Blade (1954)
Producer
The Iron Glove (1954)
Producer
Jesse James vs. the Daltons (1954)
Producer
Drums of Tahiti (1954)
Producer
The Miami Story (1954)
Producer
The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)
Producer
Prisoners of the Casbah (1953)
Producer
Valley of Head Hunters (1953)
Producer
Killer Ape (1953)
Producer
Fort Ti (1953)
Producer
Flame of Calcutta (1953)
Producer
Slaves of Babylon (1953)
Producer
Target Hong Kong (1953)
Executive Producer
Sky Commando (1953)
Producer
Conquest of Cochise (1953)
Producer
Siren of Bagdad (1953)
Producer
Serpent of the Nile (1953)
Producer
The 49th Man (1953)
Producer
Savage Mutiny (1953)
Producer
The Pathfinder (1953)
Producer
Jack McCall, Desperado (1953)
Producer
Prince of Pirates (1953)
Producer
The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953)
Producer
The Lost Planet (1953)
Producer
Thief of Damascus (1952)
Producer
Voodoo Tiger (1952)
Producer
Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952)
Producer
The Golden Hawk (1952)
Producer
A Yank in Indo-China (1952)
Producer
Last Train from Bombay (1952)
Producer
California Conquest (1952)
Producer
Brave Warrior (1952)
Producer
King of the Congo (1952)
Producer
Blackhawk (1952)
Producer
Revenue Agent (1951)
Producer
Purple Heart Diary (1951)
Producer
The Magic Carpet (1951)
Producer
Fury of the Congo (1951)
Producer
Jungle Manhunt (1951)
Producer
A Yank in Korea (1951)
Producer
When the Redskins Rode (1951)
Producer
Hurricane Island (1951)
Producer
Roar of the Iron Horse (1951)
Producer
Mysterious Island (1951)
Producer
Captain Video (1951)
Producer
Chain Gang (1950)
Producer
Tyrant of the Sea (1950)
Producer
Last of the Buccaneers (1950)
Producer
Captive Girl (1950)
Producer
Pygmy Island (1950)
Producer
Mark of the Gorilla (1950)
Producer
State Penitentiary (1950)
Producer
Chinatown at Midnight (1950)
Producer
Pirates of the High Seas (1950)
Producer
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
Producer
Cody of the Pony Express (1950)
Producer
The Lost Tribe (1949)
Producer
The Mutineers (1949)
Producer
Barbary Pirate (1949)
Producer
Manhattan Angel (1949)
Producer
Batman and Robin (1949)
Producer
Bruce Gentry (1949)
Producer
Jungle Jim (1948)
Producer
The Prince of Thieves (1948)
Producer
Racing Luck (1948)
Producer
Triple Threat (1948)
Producer
Mary Lou (1948)
Producer
Glamour Girl (1948)
Producer
I Surrender Dear (1948)
Producer
Congo Bill (1948)
Producer
Brick Bradford (1948)
Producer
Sweet Genevieve (1947)
Producer
Two Blondes and a Redhead (1947)
Producer
Little Miss Broadway (1947)
Producer
Last of the Redmen (1947)
Producer
Vacation Days (1947)
Producer
The Sea Hound (1947)
Producer
The Vigilante (1947)
Producer
Junior Prom (1946)
Producer
Betty Co-ed (1946)
Producer
High School Hero (1946)
Producer
Freddie Steps Out (1946)
Producer
Hop Harrigan (1946)
Producer
Chick Carter, Detective (1946)
Producer
Son of the Guardsman (1946)
Producer
Docks of New York (1945)
Producer
Trouble Chasers (1945)
Producer
Mr. Muggs Rides Again (1945)
Producer
Come Out Fighting (1945)
Producer
Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945)
Producer
Who's Guilty? (1945)
Producer
Jungle Raiders (1945)
Producer
Three of a Kind (1944)
Producer
Follow the Leader (1944)
Producer
Return of the Ape Man (1944)
Producer
Voodoo Man (1944)
Producer
Bowery Champs (1944)
Producer
Million Dollar Kid (1944)
Producer
Block Busters (1944)
Producer
Crazy Knights (1944)
Producer
The Ape Man (1943)
Producer
Spotlight Scandals (1943)
Producer
Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)
Producer
Kid Dynamite (1943)
Producer
Clancy Street Boys (1943)
Producer
Ghosts on the Loose (1943)
Producer
Smart Alecks (1942)
Producer
Mr. Wise Guy (1942)
Producer
The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
Producer
Bowery at Midnight (1942)
Producer
Let's Get Tough! (1942)
Producer
Black Dragons (1942)
Producer
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942)
Producer
Zis Boom Bah (1941)
Producer
Spooks Run Wild (1941)
Producer
Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)
Producer
The Invisible Ghost (1941)
Producer
Flying Wild (1941)
Producer
Boys of the City (1940)
Producer
Pride of the Bowery (1940)
Producer
East Side Kids (1940)
Producer
Straight Shooter (1940)
Presented By
That Gang of Mine (1940)
Producer
Trigger Fingers (1939)
Producer
The Fighting Renegade (1939)
Presented By
Code of the Cactus (1939)
Presented By
Texas Wildcats (1939)
Presented By
Outlaw's Paradise (1939)
Presented By
Brothers of the West (1938)
Presented By
Lightning Carson Rides Again (1938)
Producer
Six-Gun Trail (1938)
Producer
Cheyenne Rides Again (1937)
Supervisor
Blake of Scotland Yard (1937)
Presented By
Sky Racket (1937)
Producer
Feud of the Trail (1937)
Supervisor and pres
Lost Ranch (1937)
Producer
Orphan of the Pecos (1937)
Presented By
Flying Fists (1937)
Supervisor and pres
Amateur Crook (1937)
Producer
Mystery Range (1937)
Presented By
Shadow of Chinatown (1937)
Producer
Cheyenne Rides Again (1937)
Presented By
Million Dollar Racket (1937)
Producer
Mystery Range (1937)
Supervisor
Taming the Wild (1936)
Supervisor
Silks and Saddles (1936)
Supervisor
Rip Roarin' Buckaroo (1936)
Presented By
Silks and Saddles (1936)
Presented By
Kelly of the Secret Service (1936)
Producer
Phantom of the Range (1936)
Presented By
A Face in the Fog (1936)
Presented By
Rio Grande Romance (1936)
Producer
Phantom of the Range (1936)
Supervisor
Two Minutes to Play (1936)
Supervisor
Taming the Wild (1936)
Presented By
Two Minutes to Play (1936)
Presented By
Rip Roarin' Buckaroo (1936)
Supervisor
Western Justice (1935)
Supervisor
Bars of Hate (1935)
Supervisor
Fighting Coward (1935)
Producer
Bars of Hate (1935)
Presented By
Hot off the Press (1935)
Presented By
Danger Ahead (1935)
Presented By
The Brand of Hate (1935)
Supervisor
Danger Ahead (1935)
Supervisor
Tombstone Terror (1935)
Supervisor
Big Calibre (1935)
Supervisor
Hot off the Press (1935)
Supervisor
A Demon for Trouble (1934)
Supervisor

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Moth (1934)
Production Manager
The Big Race (1933)
Production Manager
The Ship of Wanted Men (1933)
Production Manager
His Private Secretary (1933)
Production Manager

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Werewolf - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from The Werewolf (1956). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Savage Mutiny - Movie Poster
Here is an original-release 6-Sheet movie poster from Savage Mutiny (1953), starring Johnny Weissmuller. 6-Sheets were large-format posters measuring 81" x 81".
Superman (1948) - Movie Posters
Here are a few American movie posters for Superman (1948), the 15-Chapter Columbia Pictures serial starring Kirk Alyn.

Videos

Movie Clip

Rock Around The Clock (1956) - The Great Pretender Introduced by Alan Freed, with Tony Williams singing lead and Zola Taylor among supporters, The Platters perform their first number one hit, written by their manager Buck Ram, in the Sam Katzman rock'n'roll showcase, Rock Around The Clock, 1956.
Rock Around The Clock (1956) - The Living End Manager Corinne (Alix Talton) and agent Steve (Johnny Johnston) have just settled a long running feud over Bill Haley and the Comets, and brother-sister dance team Johnny and Lisa (Earl Barton, and later-ubiquitous TV actor Lisa Gaye), cueing the finalè and the only on-camera performance of the title song, released two years earlier, in producer Sam Katzman’s Rock Around The Clock, 1956.
Rock Around The Clock (1956) - See You Later Alligator Disillusioned promoter Steve (Johnny Johnston) and ex big-band bass player Corny (Henry Slate) in fictional "Strawberry Springs" discover the genuine Bill Haley and His Comets, singing their hit tune by Robert C. Gurdy, in Rock Around The Clock, 1956.
Masterson Of Kansas (1954) - No Peace In Dodge City Dense and informative (not-credited) narration from the story and screenplay by the prolific Douglas Heyes, introducing George Montgomery in the title role (Donald Murphy as pal Virgil Earp) and James Griffith locked-in as Doc Holliday, provoked by Gregg Martell, in the Columbia Technicolor Wester Masterson Of Kansas, 1954, directed by William Castle.
Masterson Of Kansas (1954) - Hard, Fast Or Dead Exiting court in Dodge City, title character George Montgomery hears from good-guy rancher Merrick (John Maxwell), friend to the local Indians who’s just been railroaded for murder, who’s taken to jail by Wyatt Earp (Bruce Cowling), then clashes with Merrick’s daughter Amy (Nancy Gates), in Masterson Of Kansas, 1954.
Masterson Of Kansas (1954) - The Laws Of The White Man More rapid plot progress, George Montgomery as the title-role sheriff of Dodge City confronts Jay Silverheels as neighboring chief Yellow Hawk, reluctant to hand over falsely-accused rancher and “Peacemaker” Merrick (John Maxwell), whose schoolteacher daughter Amy (Nancy Gates) offers support in jail, early in Masterson Of Kansas, 1954.
Masterson Of Kansas (1954) - I'm Curiously Unmoved Title character George Montgomery, seeking info about villain Bennett, has made momentary peace with ailing gambler and gunfighter Doc Holliday (James Griffith), to whom Bennett owes big money, aiming to clear framed rancher Merrick, whose dazzling daughter (Nancy Gates) soon appears, hoping to prevent his hanging, in Masterson Of Kansas, 1954.
Fastest Guitar Alive, The (1967) - Open, Title Song Opening from producer Sam Katzman’s bid, using a script rejected ten years earlier by Elvis Presley, to make singer Roy Orbison a movie star, with partner Sammy Jackson, and a wagon of showgirls (Joan Freeman, Maggie Pierce et al) in The Fastest Guitar Alive, 1967, which notably does not feature the soundtrack song, “There Won’t Be Many Coming Home,” used in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, 2015.
Fastest Guitar Alive, The (1967) - Pistolero In his first song since the opening, about 20 minutes back, composed with longtime collaborator Bill Dees, the gulf between Roy Orbison’s qualities as an actor, as Confederate spy Johnny, and as a singer, is especially apparent, wielding his gimmick rifle-guitar, in the musical-Western-comedy from producer Sam Katzman, The Fastest Guitar Alive, 1967.
Kissin' Cousins (1964) - There's Gold In The Mountains Happily received by the locals (Pamela Austin and Yvonne Craig as Selena and Azalea), Elvis Presley as Air Force man Josh, sent in to help arrange the purchase of property for an air base, finds a way to a song by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye in Kissin’ Cousins, 1964.
Kissin' Cousins (1964) - Tender Feeling Knocked out in earlier action, Elvis Presley as Jodie, the blonde country-cousin side of his dual characters, is found by Midge (Cynthia Pepper) and delivers a tune by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye, in the MGM/Sam Katzman musical vehicle, Kissin’ Cousins, 1964.
Hold On! (1966) - Title Song Straightforward as it can be, the title song from Herman’s Hermits of Manchester, with Peter Noone fronting, backed up by legit-musician members Karl Green, Keith Hopwood, Barry Whitwam and Derek “Lek” Leckenby, the song by P.F. Sloan, opening MGM’s Hold On!, 1966.

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Family

Jerry Katzman
Son
Producer.

Bibliography